Game of the Week: Northside at Columbus
PATRIOTS LOOK TO WIN BACK BLACKOUT/WHITEOUT RIVALRY GAME BRAGGING RIGHTS
The regular season of high school football in Georgia ends this Friday night. In the WLTZ Game of the Week, Northside and Columbus will not be playing for a playoff spot, but they will be battling for bragging rights. Winner takes the Blackout/Whiteout rivalry game.
“This is a game everyone is going to remember,” said Columbus senior quarterback Tre Peterson. “I feel like it will be great for us to get that win.”
A victory would also give the Patriots and Blue Devils their first 1-AAAA region win.
“Can’t get any better than blackout, whiteout game,” said Northside senior quarterback Chandler Blanton. “Columbus they give us a good fight every year and just want to make it count.”
This Friday’s game marks Northside and Columbus’ sixteenth rivalry meeting since 2004. The Patriots have won eight of the last ten games against Columbus, but the Blue Devils own the most recent victory from 2018.
“It would be great for us seniors,” said Columbus senior cornerback Jack Harford. “We’d be the one to keep the winning tradition against Northside, so we want to keep that going this year.”
Northside has hung in most of their games this season, including a high-scoring 62-42 loss to Harris County.
“Showed themselves we can hang with teams with a lot of speed,” said Northside Head Coach David Nurnberg. “We could hang with teams that were supposed to beat us. We just had to do the things to keep ourselves in that position.”
The Blue Devils have been plagued with injuries, especially at quarterback. Columbus senior and Yale commit Tre Peterson has stepped up to the challenge.
“He’s our main running back, slot guy, but we’ve had three quarterbacks go down, so he’s our best athlete,” said Columbus Head Coach Phil Marino. “That’s who we put there.”
This is the last chance for the Patriots and Blue Devils to earn a region win this season. The teams want to add a victory for their school, especially the fans and students who will pack the stands for this big rivalry.
“Just beat Northside, so getting this win is going to mean a lot for everyone,” said Peterson. “The team and the students.”
“Each player on this team never gave up,” said Northside senior defensive end/linebacker Zarquell Grubbs. “Each person on this team never been broken down. Each time we go out and play, we play like it’s our last.”
Kickoff is set for this Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST at Kinnett Stadium.